“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sylmar in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Loop Fire

Loop Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, March 29, 2014
1. Loop Fire Marker
Inscription. This park and memorial stand as a tribute to the young men who lost their lives on the Loop Fire, to those who survived, and to firefighters everywhere.
Forever Honored - Those Who Lost Their Lives
Raymond Chee - Age 23 • James Moreland - Age 22 • Michael White - Age 20 • John Figlo - Age 18 • William Waller - Age 21 • Joel Hill - Age 19 • Steven White - Age 18 • Carl Shilcutt - Age 26 • John Verdugo - Age 19 • Daniel Moore - Age 21 • Kenneth Barnhill - Age 19 • Fredrick Danner - Age 18
Never Forgotten Survivors
Gordon King • Warren Burchett • John Moore • Richard Leak • Robert Chounard • Patrick Chase • Stephen Bowman • Jerry Smith • Glenn Spady • Joseph Smalls • Edward Cosgrove • Rodney Seewald • Thomas Rother • William Parshall • Charles Gibson • Franklin Keesling • Jerry Gunter • William Davidson • Thomas Sullivan

On November 1, 1966, the El Cariso Hot Shots, a USDA Forest Service Interregional Wildland Firefighting Crew working on the Loop Fire were trapped by flames in a steep canyon on a hillside directly in front of you.

The crew was constructing fireline downhill into a chimney canyon and were within 200 feet of completing their assignment when a sudden shift of winds caused a spot fire directly below where they were working. Within seconds, flames raced uphill, engulfing the firefighters in temperatures estimated to reach 2500 degree F. The fire flashed through
Loop Fire Marker Text image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, March 29, 2014
2. Loop Fire Marker Text
the 2,200 foot chimney canyon in less than one minute, catching the crew while they attempted to reach their safety zones.

Ten members of the elite firefighting crew, the El Cariso Hot Shots, perished on the Loop Fire that day. Another two members succumbed from injuries in the following days. Most of those who survived were critically burned and remained hospitalized for some time. In the last 30 years, lessons learned from the Loop Fire tragedy have been shared with firefighters around the world, saving many lives.

Dedicated November 1, 1996
Erected 1996.
Location. 34° 18.986′ N, 118° 25.048′ W. Marker is in Sylmar, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Hubbard Street 0.8 miles east of Interstate 210. Touch for map. Entering El Cariso Community Regional Park, drive south to the Community Center. Parking near the sw corner of the building walk 200 feet se to the marker location. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13100 Hubbard Street, Sylmar CA 91342, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lest We Forget (approx. 0.6 miles away); The San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Griffith Ranch (approx. 1.9 miles away); Rogerio Rocha (approx. 2.1 miles away); Mission Wells (approx.
Loop Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, March 29, 2014
3. Loop Fire Marker
Contractor Point, Pacoima Canyon, San Gabriel Mountains on the horizon. Vicinity of the Loop Fire Fatalities.
2.7 miles away); Cιsar Chαvez Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Casa de Lopez (approx. 2.8 miles away); Father Junipero Serra / Fray Junipero Serra (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylmar.
Also see . . .  Loop Fire Staff Ride. Staff Rides are tools for educating crew leaders and firefighters about what happened in specific situations. (Submitted on April 1, 2014, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 
Additional keywords. hot shot,hotshot,El Cariso,wildland fire,fatality,10 and 18,Standard Firefighting Orders,Watchout Situations
Categories. DisastersHorticulture & Forestry
Below the marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 3, 2018
4. Below the marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2014, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 641 times since then. Last updated on November 26, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2014, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   4. submitted on February 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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